LC:M Kicks Off Menswear Show Season In Europe

This past weekend was a particularly busy one. Not only was it World Gin Day, Her Majesty’s official birthday and Father’s Day, but Sunday 16th of June marked a key point in the menswear calendar.

Kicking off the official start of the menswear show season, London Collections: MEN (LC:M) showcased SS14’s most hotly-tipped design talent and a larger than ever assembly of the fashion industry’s biggest names. The three-day event, which ran from 16th-18th June, has come a long way in a relatively short space of time, proving in earnest that the menswear industry is going from strength to strength.

Now the last lights have been extinguished on the London runways, the menswear literati and buying collective will prepare to decamp to Milan for the next round at the city’s venerated men’s week, before the circus swiftly moves on to the City of Light for the French capital’s spectacle.

Even until relatively recently, menswear shows were seen as an afterthought by many design institutions, with most host cities simply tacking on a few menswear shows at the end of women’s week. Times have certainly changed, with menswear designers now enjoying a larger platform than ever to showcase their creations.

LC:M began a mere three seasons ago, but has already become a sartorial force to reckon with, with well over fifty names exhibiting their craft for the SS14 round. The menswear community was particularly excited by the presence of sartorial behemoths Alexander McQueen, rag & bone and Burberry, with the latter two labels making their LC:M debuts (reports coming soon).

Traditionally a hotbed of design creativity, London has always been renowned for nurturing fresh design talent. The decision for big players such as Burberry and McQueen to show in London is a sign that the British capital is being taken seriously as a major exhibition centre for the more commercial side of the industry.

Milan Men’s Fashion Week, running from 21st-25th June, has traditionally been the mainstay podium for menswear, with style powerhouses Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo some of the leading names to exhibit.

Paris, more associated with its uber-chic womenswear, has always played host to some of the world’s most prestigious maisons, with Dior Homme, Herm├Ęs, Givenchy and Lanvin amongst the illustrious names to feature in this season’s menswear line-up, which runs from 26th-30th June. We’ll be particularly excited to see what the recently re-branded and overhauled Saint Laurent has to offer for its second collection, whilst Belgian Raf Simons, Korean-based label Wooyoungmi and Kenzo are set to be highlights from the contemporary offering.

With the recent news that the Big Apple may not be far off staging its own dedicated gent’s week, it appears that both Europe and our cousins across the pond are keenly acknowledging the rise of modern menswear. The future certainly appears bright and well-groomed from where we’re standing…

Make sure you check back on FashionBeans regularly for the front row report from all your favourite LC:M designers. You can also watch videos of all the runway shows on our dedicated LC:M SS14 page.

London Collections: MEN